Cosby deserving of induction

Published 9:39 am Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chowan University did right by inducting alumnus Wayne Cosby into its Jim Garrison Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 29.

Cosby was a standout pitcher for Chowan from 1959 to 1961, but what he accomplished after college was truly amazing.

The legendary football coach carried Southampton High School to a 128-8-2 record from 1966 to1980 — including a then national record 69-game win streak.

He created one of the most dominant high school football teams in Virginia. From 1972-1979 his Southampton teams played in eight straight Virginia High School State Championship games and won four AA titles. Cosby was runner-up for National Coach of the Year in 1979.

Within a year after leaving coaching at Southampton, Cosby accomplished another noteworthy fete. He was elected clerk of circuit court for Southampton County and the City of Franklin, holding that position until he retired in 2007.

Congratulations, Coach, on a much-deserved honor.